About Us

Your Community News Team

Christine  Scott Publisher
Christine Scott
250-478-9552 ext 228
Originally from Scotland, Christine started her newspaper career with the Halifax Daily News in the print advertising division. After relocating to Victoria, Christine joined Black Press in 2005, first as an advertising consultant for the Victoria News and then as Advertising Manager of the Goldstream News Gazette. A key member of the executive team, she completed the Thompson Rivers University Leadership certificate program and has been involved in many Black Press initiatives such as Women in Business and Best of the City. An active member of the West Shore community, she has volunteered with Bridges for Women, Habitat for Humanity and the Chamber of Commerce. Christine is married to Jody Epp and has 2 daughters, Ellen and Sophie.
     
Don  Descoteau Editor
Don Descoteau
1-250-478-9552 Ext 224
Don is a 24-year veteran of the community newspaper business, all with Black Press, and was named editor of the Goldstream News Gazette in September 2014 after six months as acting editor. After spending 10 years as sports editor in Williams Lake and Campbell River, he moved back to his hometown of Victoria to work as senior reporter for the Victoria News. He served various turns as editor of the Victoria News and Oak Bay News, before assuming the post with the Gazette in March 2014. In spring 2016, Don led a Black Press editorial team working on the Sewage on the CRD investigative series that ran in all six of the company's newspapers in Greater Victoria. The series attracted more reader feedback than any other project in recent memory. Don has also guided such reader-oriented projects as Great Teachers, and has been involved as employee campaign chair for the United Way for the past seven years.
     
Katherine  Engqvist Reporter
Katherine Engqvist
250-478-9552 ext 225
Katherine joined the Gazette team in June 2015 after working in Toronto for several years. While that time was mostly spent working in the magazine side of the industry, she got her start as a journalist with Black Press working for the Sidney-based Peninsula News Review at 14. While in Toronto, Katherine graduated with honours and a bachelor’s of journalism degree from Ryerson University, one of the most prestigious journalism schools in the country. When not immersed in the local community, Katherine likes to travel and has been to 21 countries and counting. All of that travelling gives her a unique perspective, which she brings to covering local issues and stories.
     
Penny  Sakamoto Group Publisher
Penny Sakamoto
1-250-480-3204
Penny Sakamoto is group publisher for Black Press-Greater Victoria, leading a team of about 65 staff and approximately 1,200 newspaper carriers. She graduated from journalism school in Winnipeg and has spent her career in the newspaper business in Canada and the U.S. She served as president of the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Association and on the board of the Canadian Community Newspaper Association. In 2008, Sakamoto was awarded the Silver Quill Award for more than 25 years of distinguished service to the industry. Sakamoto works out of the Broughton Street office in downtown Victoria.
     
Joel  Tansey Reporter
Joel Tansey
Joel relocated to Victoria and began working for the Gazette in July 2016. Before making the move to the Island he spent three years working as a reporter for The Golden Star, a Black Press publication out of the beautiful Columbia Valley. While in Golden, Joel covered a range of stories, from avalanches in the backcountry of the Rockies to controversial changes to the local white water rafting scene. Originally from Montreal and later the Toronto area, Joel graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University's journalism program in 2010 and spent the next two years living and working in Korea. Outside of the newsroom, Joel's hobbies include tennis, kayaking, snowboarding, hiking, reading and obsessively following the Montreal Canadiens.